I just marinated a whole chicken that has a sell by or freeze by date of November 2. I bought it around Halloween and left it in the refrigerator this whole time. When I first opened the package the smell was pretty icky and overwhelming, a bit stronger than the normal raw chicken smell, but I think it mainly comes from the blood. After washing it the smell was reduced, and when I stick my nose close to the chicken skin I don't smell anything unusual. Of course now that I've spent all the time washing, cleaning and adding the dry rub I am having second thoughts. I have never used any raw refrigerated meat more than a few days beyond the sell by or freeze by date and I'm nervous about this 6 days beyond the sell by date. Is this okay?